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Ep59: Facing a Mothers Greatest Fears with Heidi J. Moore

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Heidi J. Moore earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and had a promising career, but after the birth of her first son Jacob, who has Down syndrome, she quit her job so that she could ensure his needs were met as well as helping other families cope with the challenges of having children with special needs. She used the skills she obtained in the business world to be an advocate for Jacob and the thousands of other families in Georgia who have children with special needs. Jacob, who is now 10 years old, has had 21 surgeries and 50+ procedures. In 2002, Heidi took on the role as Executive Board Member of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, until 2006 when she resigned to increase her advocacy efforts in the State of Georgia. And during this same year, she organized the “Healthcare for Kids Rally” at the Georgia State Capitol. Over the years, Heidi has headed and been a part of many advocacy accomplishments and efforts, while caring for her son. Heidi Moore is one of Georgia’s most visible advocates for children’s healthcare reform in the state of Georgia, but she has placed all her advocacy efforts on hold when Jacob was diagnosed with Leukemia in November of 2009. But after all Jacob has endured it hasn’t stopped him from being an energetic and loving spirit. Heidi’s hope and dream is that society will see Jacob for his abilities and not disabilities, as he continues to amaze everyone that he encounters in the world. If you would like to follow Jacob’s Leukemia Journey, please go to: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/prayforjacobmoore/mystory. Also, for more information about Heidi Moore, visit http://www.heidimoore.com. Tune in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ypierre

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